MRI can predict ICH risk in stroke patients on anticoagulants

MRI findings can help predict intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) in patients who have had cardioembolic ischemic stroke and are started on oral anticoagulants, according to a large, prospective, observational study conducted in Spain and Italy. The study was published in Neurology.

Researchers found that microbleeds and moderate-to-severe white matter hyperintensities were individually associated with a higher rate of ICH in these patients, and the risk was higher when they were found together.

The scientists said the findings, which largely dovetail with other recently published data, shore up the evidence base on safety for oral anticoagulants use in these patients who are potentially at risk, but they said that no broad conclusions on clinical care should be drawn from the data alone.<p></p>

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Source: NeurologyToday | May 23, 2019

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